The well preserved Amphitheatre Roman amphitheatre in Aspendos, Turkey has a seating capacity of around 15,000 people. The theatre is believed to have been constructed in the 2nd Century AD by an architect named Xenon during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. The theatre is still used for performances and festivals and its galleries, stage, seating arrangements and acoustics testify to its grand architectural design which has stood the test of time for thousand of years. Holes for 58 masts are found in the upper level of the theatre, which might have been used for pulling sheets to provide shade to the audiences.
Just above the theatre, there is an acropolis and situated nearby are the ruins of a basilica, agora, nymphaeum and Roman aqueduct.
Aspendos is believed to have been founded by the Greeks who came to the Pamphylia region after the Trojan war. It is also possible that the city could have been founded by the Hittites. Aspendos was one of the earliest cities in the region to mint silver coins. The spread of its coinage throughout the ancient world indicates that Aspendos was an important city of Pamphylia in 5th century BC. The city was conquered by Alexander, the Great in 333 BC. Subsequently after Alexandar’s death the city passed into the control of Romans, Byzantine and finally Turks. Turkey is largely located in Asia and is considered to be Eurasian.
Taken with Canon IXUS 8015.